When Giving Is Not What You Expected

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Has this ever happened to you? It starts with a prayer…

“Ok, God. I’m ready to give! I’m ready to serve my community and my neighbors. So let’s get started! I bet you want me to help that single mom, don’t you? And that older lady with her dogs? And the young couple upstairs with two dogs and a baby on the way? Just let me know when and I’ll get started.”

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Days, weeks, and months go by. A seemingly unanswered, but intentional prayer is replaced by life’s responsibilities.

Then, something starts to happen.

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You Find Out Who Your Friends Are

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It’s been said that you know who your real friends are by how they react to dramatic changes in your life. Well, this week has been a great example of that!

I’m in between jobs right now (all is well and we were prepared for this thanks to FPU) and the amount of support that has poured in has been wonderful! Former coworkers who are still friends have reached out to say they miss me. People from the group formerly know as the START Experiment have helped me with resume crafting, cover letter drafting and LinkedIn rebuilding.

My friends have also sent me numerous job openings and ideas to help me pursue my dreams. They even encouraged me to apply for a scholarship o attend Bob Goff‘s Love Does Conference in Austin, Texas.

Well, guess what. I won!! My friends already attending offered to pick me up on their way down from Oklahoma and we are staying with more friends right outside of Austin.

We’re actually en route right now and can’t wait to be united with the rest of the group!

It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Thanks again for all the support (you know who you are!) and encouragement to continue pursuing my dreams! :) I couldn’t do it without you. <3

Now, that being said, I want to pay the blessings forward. How can I help YOU? How can I support your dreams?

Let me know on the comments below!

Community.

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I’d like to say that I’ve never known the power of community until now, but that’s probably not true. However, all experiences before The Start Experiment have been blocked in my mind thanks to all the awesomeness that’s happened. Continue reading